Your house could be squandering energy and it’s costing you money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Traverse City. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean deciding between replacing your windows or dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three basic steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be cracks in your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air slip out, making your heater work harder.
Installing caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a cost-effective solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, over time it can reduce and crack, making for inefficient windows. An annual window inspection can check for caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Block Drafts
Still noticing a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable difference in keeping warm air in your house.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can help energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they provide can help block cold drafts in the winter, and prevent sun exposure in the summer.
When the sun comes out, you can open your drapes or blinds to let sunlight come in and brighten your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from disappearing.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention choice in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your style.
Shutters Provide Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside the windows.
Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even hits your window. Many brands of shutters can even include remote-controlled opening and closing. Confirm that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Still dealing with cold air in your home? It might be time to look into replacing your windows. Replacement windows are more energy efficient than older windows, which can cut your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Traverse City. Call 231-538-2175 or stop by the Traverse City showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.